Harvesting the Wind for Ontario 

Grand Renewable Wind is a joint venture between Pattern Canada, Samsung Renewable Energy, and Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation. Project construction began in September 2013 and the facility commenced commercial operations in December 2014. Construction was performed by Samsung C&T Canada (SENC).

Ontario workers have been involved in every aspect of Grand Renewable Wind – from manufacture and assembly of the wind turbine components to site construction, component installation, and facility operations.

Approximately 500 workers were on-site during peak construction activity, with 98% of the workforce from Ontario. Twelve full-time employees currently operate and maintain the facility, which uses 67 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines with blades and towers that were made in Ontario. The blades were manufactured in Tillsonburg by Siemens, and the towers were manufactured in Windsor by CS Wind using Ontario steel.

The 149 MW facility is expected to produce clean, renewable electricity equal to the needs of 50,000 Ontario homes each year. The facility sells 100% of its electrical output under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator.

Grand Renewable Wind will continue generating significant local benefits, including an estimated $23 million in property taxes and contributions to a Community Vibrancy Fund over 20 years. Haldimand County will administer the Community Vibrancy Fund to support local initiatives.